Huelskamp issues challenge to USDA cafeterias

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, tried another tack last week in his war on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new calorie limits on school lunches – asking the USDA to practice in its own cafeterias what it’s preaching to U.S. schools. “Let’s see if they eat enough to function. Let’s see if they like having choices taken away from them,” Huelskamp said in issuing his “nutrition nanny challenge.” A USDA spokeswoman responded: “Schools may still sell and students may still purchase servings of any type of food in addition to the subsidized meals, but it’s just common sense that the meal paid for with hard-earned tax dollars be a healthy, balanced meal.” The Hill newspaper noted that one USDA cafeteria’s breakfast options last week include Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits, sausage gravy, corned-beef hash, pancakes and French toast.